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August 22, 2014

From August 21 to 22, 2014, over 100 African leaders from the public and private sector gathered in Addis Ababa to shape the direction of biotechnology in Ethiopian agricultural development. Improving smallholder resilience and strengthening the enabling environment were prime areas of discussion, highlighting key Feed the Future strategies in the country.

While noting existing research gaps, the conference stressed the importance and potential applications of biotechnology in Ethiopian agriculture, realizing it as an important step toward agricultural transformation, and one that should be approached in a deliberate manner with due diligence.

In his keynote speech, Professor Diran Makinde, director of the African Biosafety Network of Expertise in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, stressed the importance of effective, appropriate regulation. Too little can lead to unsafe, illegal practices, while too many can prohibit farmers from access to science and technology that can improve their yields and increase their incomes.

March 21, 2014

It is my great pleasure to be here today on behalf of United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, to participate with you in the 9th National TB Research Annual Conference and commemorate World TB Day. I would like to thank the Federal Ministry of Health, the TB Research Advisory Committee, and this year’s conference hosts, the SNNP Regional Health Bureau and Hawassa University for inviting USAID to underline and reinforce our support for the strong partnership gathered here today to combat this deadly disease.

 

UC Davis Professor Doug Cook, USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller, and EIAR Crop Research Director Dr. Asnake Fikre
February 24, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the University of California Davis (UC Davis) launched the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate Resilient Chickpeas housed at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR). The 5-year, $4 million genetic research program will create more and stronger varieties of chickpea  to increase smallholder farmer productivity.

New grantees pose with USAID Ethiopia Mission Director Dennis Weller (center front) and CNFA Chief of Party Marc Steen.
February 19, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Agricultural Growth Program (AGP)-Livestock Market Development project hosted a grant signing ceremony between USAID and eight grantees today. The eight small grants valued at over $760,000 will encourage local Ethiopian investment and innovation in the livestock sector. The overall purpose is to improve productivity and competitiveness of selected livestock value chains including live animals, meat, and dairy.

Urban health workers demonstrate a household visit
February 11, 2014

Today, the U.S. Government through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health, launched the Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program, which will promote greater health access and improved health status for more than 1.6 million households in 49 cities through high-quality health services. The program will expand upon the existing partnership between USAID and the Government of Ethiopia (GOE), targeting key areas such as HIV, Tuberculosis and maternal and child health. USAID will provide technical assistance to the GOE to improve the quality of household-level health services, improve referral links across health facilities, and enhance urban sanitation and waste management.

January 31, 2014

Addis Ababa - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein announced the award of two grants to a start-up Ethiopian enterprise, African Bamboo, after touring the company’s testing facility. Mr. Feierstein was in Ethiopia as part of the official U.S. Government delegation to the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

African Bamboo is one of the 12 organizations awarded a Powering Agriculture grant supported jointly by USAID, U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Swedish and German governments, and Duke Energy. The awards support innovative projects aimed at integrating clean energy technology into the agriculture sectors of developing countries to increase production.

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